Natural gas and its Usage in Iron and Steel Industry...

Natural gas and its Usage in Iron and Steel Industry Natural gas (NG) is an environmentally friendly non-renewable gaseous fossil fuel which is extracted from deposits in the earth. It is a clean and green fuel with a high efficiency and plays a major role in helping many industries cut emissions and improve the overall air quality. It is normally supplied as (i) piped natural gas (PNG), (ii) compressed natural gas (CNG), and (iii) liquefied natural gas (LNG). Natural gas is a mixture of hydro-carbons consisting primarily of methane (CH4), generally in a percentage of over 85 % by volume. Other hydro-carbons in NG include varying amounts of various higher alkanes such as ethane, propane, and butane etc. It also contains water vapour (H2O) at varying degrees of saturation, or condensed water. It may also contain some small percentage of nitrogen (N2), carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and helium (He) etc. NG burns with a clean blue luminous flame when mixed with the requisite amount of air and ignited. It is considered one of the cleanest burning fuels. On burning, it produces primarily heat, CO2, and water vapour. NG is a fuel found in deposits in its gas phase. It is colourless and odourless, non-toxic, and lighter than air. It does not contain olefins (hydrocarbons produced during the process of destructive distillation or reforming). It is a highly flammable and combustible gas. Its CAS number is 8006-14-2 and UN number is 1971. Quantities of natural gas are measured in normal cubic meters (corresponding to 0 deg C and 1 atmosphere pressure) or standard cubic feet (corresponding to 16 deg C and 14.73 pounds per square inch absolute pressure). The higher heat value of one cubic meter of natural gas varies from around 9500...

Natural Gas- its Characteristics and Safety Requirements...

Natural Gas- its Characteristics and Safety Requirements Natural gas (NG)  is a fuel gas which is used in steel plants as an auxiliary fuel for injection in blast furnace, for the production of gas based direct reduced iron, and for heating in various furnaces subject to local availability and the cost. NG is an environmentally friendly non renewable fossil fuel which is found in underground deposits in its gas phase. It exists as a gas under atmospheric conditions. It is basically a hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane. It is a clean fuel with a high efficiency. NG is normally supplied as (i) piped natural gas (PNG),  (ii) compressed natural gas (CNG), and (iii) liquefied natural gas (LNG). Modes of handling natural gas is given in Fig 1. Fig 1 Modes of handling natural gas NG is transported normally to long distances (up to 5000 kms) through a pipeline net work. The pressure of NG in the pipeline depends on several factors which include (i) quantity of gas to be transported, (ii) diameter of the pipeline,  (iii) the distances involved, and (iv) the safety of the gas pipeline and environment. However at the consumer end the pipeline pressure is generally less than 16 atmosphere. CNG is a form of natural gas which undergoes compression (200 to 250 kg/sq cm) into containers wherefrom it is relayed to consumers who, due to geographic and other reasons are incapable of connecting into the NG pipeline. CNG is storable. Unlike NG conveyed via pipelines and immediately consumed (similarly to electricity), CNG can be used for storage and for discontinuous utilization. NG compression into containers raises risk levels. LNG is made by cooling natural gas to a temperature of minus 162 deg C. At this temperature, natural gas becomes...